I think it is well suited for use with a practice amp in the home. My favorite part of the unit is the fact that it does last a long time on the batteries. I think Zoom could have set the patches a little better and the manual could use work as well.
Also, there are not a lot of patches available for this unit on the internet. Other units have far more users sharing patches.
The big thing about the unit is that it does not have a line out so you can't hook it up for direct recording. Headphones or amp are the only choices.
I wouldn't buy the unit again but not because I think it is a bad unit. I just want to be able to directly record and it doesn't have that ability.
Model Year: 2003
Price: $99.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Daddy's Junky Music
Multi-Effects pedal with built in expression pedal.
* Guitar In, AC and Headphones out. The headphones jack is to be used to hook up to an amp as well.
* No Line out! (I think this is a drawback since I wanted to hook it up to my computer.)
* Letter-Number combination to choose the patch.
I found I used the first factory patch (A1) and the British Amp (G1) and Blues (G2) to be my favorite. I thought it worked well and sounded good when connected to my Peavey Blazer 15 amp. It didn't sound good hooked up to my computer. I ran it backwards through an 8ohm/1kohm transformer pair and it sounded better but still not great. I wish it had a line out jack.
I found that some parts of the patch were easy to set, such as amp drive and some of the effects. I found that the equalizer settings were unknown since that is just set by number of 1-10. The manual states that the number influences the contour of the equalizer over the audio spectrum, but that is about it. Not a lot of control. Other effects are set the same way, it just seems that an equalizer should have better control than just pick a number between 1-10.
I wish it had a better mapping of patches to the 506. There are a lot of 506 patches on the internet but not so for the 606. I had limited success in transposing the 506 patches over to the 606. I also wish it had a line out jack.
It has a plastic case and seems durable enough for home use.
Overall this unit is good for the price, but that's all it's good for
as far as roadwork. The biggest problem I see with this unit is a
delay between patches when you're switching. It doesn't fit
stage needs. If you have enough channels in your recorder,
this would be great for studio work. It's better than most
onboard recorder effects.
Model Year: 2002
Price: $108.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Music Mac Hawaii
There is an amp modeling knob. A parameter level knob. The
amp knob is linked to drive up/down buttons, the same is true
for the parameter knob. Two switch with a volume pedal.
This isn't the greatest sounding pedal or the worst sounding
pedal unit. It's sort of middle road which is surprizingly good for
the price. It includes it' s own noise reduction system which is
easy to work with even for beginners. I've used it for everything
from Hendrix to Chopin. I love the stack modeling, delay, and
volume dedal (assignable for volume or drive).
It is user assignable. It's pretty simple to create/edit with, but
has no onboard memory storage so don't run out of batteries
even if you use the adapter. I would like an extra pedal for the
modeling but as is it works fine.
You get what you pay for in this instance. The durability is
lacking in this unit. That's one downfalls of this unit, but not the
biggest. In the past I used a 9000, and was quite impressed
with it, but this is more of a beginner's toy.
This is the best unit I have ever played with and it didn't take me long to make up my mind.
Model Year: 2001
Price: $111.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Jacksonville Guitar Center
I could not live without my Zoom 606. It is the easiest way to customize your effects. With the touch of a button you can edit your sounds or just play with one of the 42 factory-made effects. The expression pedal will let you control a wide variety of stuff, like wah and volume. The only bad thing I can see about the 606 is that it eats up batteries. You must unplug it after every use!
I play with a Peavey Limited EXP electric guitar. It and the 606 pedal are very well suited to my styles of playing. I play both rock and Christian music and it does both well.
Every sound is programmable. It can hold up to 42 patches at a time. It is very easy to use for talent shows and other live performances.
Nothing is unbreakable. I think that it is made as heavy-duty as possible.